In the first year, you experience a thorough and intensive introduction to a broad variety of aspects connected to the field of photography. 

Through theory, field trips, exhibitions and events, you will quickly broaden your knowledge on photography and beyond. You will learn how to manage your studies and how to structure your work process. In this first year, there is a strong emphasis on improving your technical skills, including postproduction in photography. You will be challenged on content by doing projects in the role of a street photographer, a portrait photographer, a studio photographer and more. All these exercises and projects teach you a variety of strategies to create work. 

Alongside, you will follow basic courses in graphic design, moving image and interactive media to better understand how contemporary photography is intertwined with other media. By exploring the breadth of the photographic landscape, you will start to discover where your own true interests lie. 

At the end of the first year, you will make an application for either the Documentary or Fiction specialisation. The motivation for your preferred direction is clearly reflected in the work you’ll show at your collective assessment and underpinned by your verbal presentation. 

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Art, Photography History & Reflection
Lonneke de Groot

Digital Workflow & Skills
Arno Bosma & Loek van Vliet

Documentary Photography
Raimond Wouda

Fiction Mise-en-scene
Ola Lanko

Graphic Design
Vincent van Baar

Image development Photography
Thijs groot Wassink

Photography Conceptual Still
Krista van der Niet

Photography Technical Skills
Ernst Yperlaan

Donald Weber

Professional Practice Skills 1
Raimond Wouda

Professional Practice Skills 2
Donald Weber

Semester Presentation
Raimond Wouda


Fiction Mise-en-scene
Ola Lanko

Short description
The world constantly changes — and images, together with it. The nature of a photograph transforms, it becomes complex and multilayered. New visual forms, roles and the effects photography has, asks us to better understand the elements an image contains. During Mise-en-scene, students will get ideas about the complexity of an image, its inner structure. Starting from the basic elements such as composition, colour and form, we move towards deeper layers hidden within the surface and explore the richness of a photograph. Students explore the multi-dimensionality of an image and learn how to use it in their practice. We look at elements a photograph consists of, and develop a better understanding about the constructed nature of photography. Students exercise their communication strategies and learn how to control an image in order to achieve desirable effects and with the help of photography, tell their stories in the best way possible.

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Credits (ECTS) Meeting time (in hours) Self-study time (in hours)

24 60

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